Woot Woot Here Comes Summer

I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!


Value & Fun! Keansburg Amusement Park Home of Runaway Rapids Waterpark

Keansburg Amusement Park

Well it was another hot and steamy May day today at the Jersey Shore, a perfect reason to escape the office confines and do something fun!

I met with Katharine Koehler and she gave me the grand tour of Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark.

I made a post last week on free or inexpensive things to do while on the Jersey Shore and this is the place to be. Their cleverly titled “Free Bees” are family oriented, fun and make for a fantastic day at the shore. Admission to the amusement park every day, beach access which is located behind the park, fireworks July 3, 4, 12, 19, 26 and August 2 and 9 are all free. There are also Buy One Get One Free specials most weekdays and a maximum of 3 skeeball games located at GameRoom and Bev & Wally’s.

Their prices are competitive and can challenge a family of four to park, swim, ride and eat at Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark for under a $100. Keansburg Amusement park has a classic boardwalk feel to it. You could almost feel the giddy excitement of being a kid again. The park is scenically located on the shore line of the Raritan Bay with dozens of exciting rides for the young and the more experienced.   If games are more your speed, there are fun games to win, three large family arcades and plenty of boardwalk food. Don’t forget to see FastTrax Go-Karts featuring a track for kids and a track for adults so everyone can have some fun!

Runaway Rapids Waterpark

Pack your bathing suit and sunscreen and you’re all set for your day at Runaway Rapids Waterpark.  They have over 18 slides with varying speeds, heights and splash zones. An extra-large kiddie lagoon area and separate toddler play unit make it easy to keep an eye on the little ones. There’s a crazy lazy river and  two relaxing spa pool if low-key is your speed.  Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available as well as locker and dressing rooms. Plus this area of the park has a full service snack bar and coffee espresso bar.

The Comfort Inn Middletown is your closest Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids hotel. We’d love to have you stay with us. We have an outdoor pool and arcade so you can still have fun after the parks.  need more ideas to plan your Jersey Shore vacation? Let us know, we’ll be glad to get you going in the right direction.